Commenting on the judgment from the High Court today (Thursday) over the raising of the state pension age and the impact this had on women born in the 1950s, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“This is a terrible blow for the millions of women who will have been hoping for a very different outcome today.
“The decision to hike the state pension age with next to no notice didn’t just throw their retirement plans up in the air, it also left many women on lower incomes really struggling to make ends meet.
“Now, almost a quarter of a century later, justice and the state pension that was so cruelly snatched away from them remain disappointingly out of reach.
“It seems perverse that the Department for Work and Pensions had no obligation to inform these women of this significant change.
“But despite today’s decision women born in the 1950s will not give up their campaign to get back what they are rightly owed.”